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Motor Behaviour and Performance Laboratory

Head of Laboratory: Ernst Albin Hansen, Associate Professor.


An important part of the research carried out in this laboratory focuses on voluntary human rhythmic movement, such as cycling, walking, running, and swimming. We are working to add to the knowledge on motor behaviour and motor control. Why are humans moving like they do? And how are their movements controlled? To investigate these types of questions we often apply cycling as an exercise model. Besides, we intervene with e.g. heavy strength training and experimental pain and apply advanced biomechanical and physiological measurements. Another part of the research is focussed on human performance. Many different factors - including for example training, equipment, movement pattern, and nutrition – affect performance. Are these factors optimised so that the best possible performance is attained? We often test and develop sports equipment with the overall goal to enhance human performance. We also investigate the effect of different training interventions on performance. Participants in our studies may be children, adults, individuals with disorders, elderly, or trained athletes.


  1. Human rhythmic motor behaviour and control
    As an example, we study the motor behavior and motor control of the voluntary rhythmic movement of pedaling in cycling.
  2. Strength training and sports performance
    Presently, we investigate the effect of heavy strength training on the pattern of crank torque application during pedalling as well as the effect on cycling performance.
  3. Sports equipment
    For example, we investigate how a change of the poles in activities like Nordic Walking and cross country skiing affects performance as well as how a change of the chain wheel shape in cycling affects pedalling and performance.


  • Lillehammer University College, Norway (Dr. Rønnestad)
  • Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo (Dr. Raastad)
  • University of Southampton, United Kingdom (Dr. Forrester)
  • University of Southern Denmark, Odense (Prof. Sjøgaard)


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